As President Obama embarks on a tour of the New Jersey shore today, he leaves behind a seemingly unending cesspool of trouble in Washington D.C.
The whole country has learned of the messes surrounding the murder of a U.S. ambassador and servicemen in Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups, the Department of Justice prying into Associated Press phone records and the Department of Health and Human Services soliciting private donations to implement ObamaCare.
The biggest problem a politician or elected representative can face is playing into a bad narrative. For Dan Quayle, that narrative, albeit incorrect, was a lack of intellect, and he played into it with the famous potato incident. For Mitt Romney, the narrative, again unfair, was being out of touch with "regular" Americans, and the 47 percent video underscored that line of Democrat offense.
For Barack Obama and his White House, the current narrative is not just scandal; it is also incompetence and bullying. But the four issues described above are only the tip of the iceberg of the shortcomings of the Obama team.
As an example, even though there is a shortage of doctors in Veterans Affairs hospitals, one group of physicians, many of whom are veterans, is systematically left out from the VA. Why? Because this group of highly qualified doctors happen to be board certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties, which is relatively small and therefore hasn’t been best at lobbying the Obama administration. That same group has already been recognized by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to do so.
The above is not a story that can be told in 10 seconds and therefore has not gotten the attention of the press it deserves. However, once looked at in depth, it is clearly another in the long line of the Obama administration’s failures to do what is right in dealing with myriad challenges facing our country.
Corrected 5/31/13: This post originally misspelled the name of Dan Quayle.